|'Desert Fire' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $125 HERE|
If you have been following my blog you've seen me experiment with pastel techniques. I have been exploring the possibilities of mixing pastel with water. Last Spring I was on a kick with a dusting technique. You can see the dusting technique on my blog HERE.
For this painting I had the idea to combine water with dusting. What an exciting combination! Here is what I did:
- I am using an 8x10 piece of Pastelbord. I blocked in the sky and cloud colors with terry Ludwig pastels. I added a dark purple foreground. I was inspired by a photo but I pushed the intensity of the colors.
- Using a small spray bottle I sprayed the clouds with water. I was disappointed in the results because I had made the clouds too dark. When I wet them they ran into the light areas and overpowered them. They did dry lighter which I need to remember next time!
- This was a class demo and so I needed to rescue the too dark painting! So I decided to shave some pastel onto the clouds to brighten them up. I used a palette knife and shaved some pastel dust into the wet areas. Some of the dust spread and some stayed put.
- I tilted the board to get some of the puddles to run and one of my students had the great idea to blow on the puddles with a straw. I ran up to my kitchen and got a straw which was another fun effect!
- I had intended to go back into the painting once it was dry but I decided I liked the way the sky dried so all I did was add some orange and stronger darks in the foreground land mass.
So there is the answer to the question What would happen if I wet the pastel, blew it around the surface and shaved some pastel dust onto the painting!